MCC Photo/Veronica Morales

Lontfobeko (left) and Jiahui, Eunji (right) - 2018 International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) participants.

Last month MCC Alberta welcomed Jiahui, Eunji, and Lontfobeko who are this year’s International Volunteer Exchange Program (IVEP) participants. They will each be serving in Calgary for a term of nine months in various locations and roles. It has been a pleasure to get to know these young IVEP participants and learn more about their story and goals for serving in Alberta during their term. 

Lontfobeko is recently arriving from Swaziland, Southern Africa and will be serving at Foothills Mennonite Church as a Pastoral Assistant.  Eunji is from South Korea and is currently one month into her role in the Volunteer Development Program at the Centre for Newcomers in Calgary.

Both Lontfobeko and Eunji are excited and eager to be in Alberta and serving in their assigned roles. Although they are far away from home, they have felt warmly welcomed and are looking forward to experiencing a Canadian winter, meeting many people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and learning new skills and tools that they can take back home and share with their communities. MCC Alberta is delighted to have all three IVEP participants serving in Alberta and would like to thank IVEP Coordinator Mary Lynn for facilitating the details of their arrivals and serving as a support for the IVEP participants during their stay in Alberta. To learn more about the IVEP program and support the initiative, click here to contact Mary Lynn.

Did you know: Lontfobeko’s name means “kind” and her second name is Lindokuhle, meaning “expecting something beautiful”. Eunji’s name means Grace (Eun) and Wisdom (Ji). Upon getting to know Lontfobeko and Eunji, and further learning about the meaning behind their names, it was clear to see they both were born to serve and help others.